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Chelsea centre-forward Alvaro Morata has told an interesting tale of the time he spent alongside former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, report the Mirror.

Mourinho’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu was a mixed-bag. The Portuguese interrupted the dominance of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona in La Liga, but also suffered one of the most humiliating ‘El Clasico’ defeats in recent memory and fell out with several key players.

However, one player that Mourinho was able to have a positive effect on during his time with Los Blancos was Morata, who left Madrid to sign for Premier League champions Chelsea in a club-record deal during the summer transfer window.

The only man who may not consider Mourinho’s influence as particularly positive was another former Blue, Diego Costa, who felt the full wrath of the energy ‘The Special One’ channeled into Morata as a youngster.

Morata is quoted by the Mirror telling a story of how Mourinho’s motivation resulted in him lashing out at Costa:

“He has character, he took care of the homegrown players. He gave me the first big contract with Madrid and he told me: ‘If you get it right you will not have to work in your life.”

“I did not focus from the first moment, I was 17 years old and trained to have fun, not to be a Madrid player or to have to support my family.¬†Mourinho told me I had to focus on me. He gave me the alternative.”

“I played with Nacho in the reserves and he told us that we had to fight hard, that is what he wanted, what he likes. Mourinho told the two of us that in the Calderon [against Atletico Madrid] we had to fight. I almost took out Diego Costa, I gave him a brutal kick. Sometimes I remind Costa and we laugh.”¬†

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